Anti-Bullying Week 2020
November 16, 2020
Bullying can have a long-lasting effect on those who experience or witness it, so as part of this year’s Anti-Bullying Week (16-20 November) Northumberland County Council is encouraging its schools to access resources that are available to them to raise awareness and to unite pupils against bullying.
Through their online padlet schools can access a variety of resources that touch on different aspects of bullying and peoples experience of it. Through organisations and charities such as Diana Award, the Anti-bullying Alliance to Stonewall School and College students can begin to understand the effects that bullying can have directly or indirectly on a person, but it will also give students a chance to resonate and realise that support is out there – and by being united we can tackle bullying including cyberbullying .
Councillor Guy Renner-Thompson, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Children’s Services said: “Children and young people can often find themselves experiencing one of the many kinds of bullying that exist. There are many forms of bullying, and it is by raising awareness through our schools, our parents and our carers that together we can help tackle this problem.
“Our schools work extremely hard to combat bullying within their settings; all have anti-bullying policies in place and a number of our schools have anti-bullying ambassadors to work across the school’s network to share ideas and best practices.”
Earlier this year the County Council also joined forces with NHS Northumberland CCG to provide Kooth – an online mental health platform for young people to access support and guidance.
Cath McEvoy-Carr, Executive Director for Adult and Children’s services said: “Our parents and carers are also a vital piece of the puzzle when it comes to raising awareness and understanding around bullying. It is important they speak with their child’s school and raise any concerns they have, but also that they know where they can access help and support if they need it.”
Northumberland’s schools work all year round with their students to address bullying, and whilst that is the case it is still important that wider awareness through Anti-bullying week takes place to bring people together to talk about bullying in all its forms.
Councillor Wendy Pattinson, portfolio holder for Equality and Diversity said: “’It is our responsibility not only to keep children safe from discrimination and bullying, but also to protect anyone in the county who does not understand the legal implications of being involved in bullying or discriminating against anyone on the basis of, say, their race, sexual orientation or disability. It is absolutely vital that children and young people learn the importance of challenging this, and of never being a passive bystander. This year’s theme is ‘united against bullying’ and that’s just what we want young people to know we stand for’.”
For access to resources visit our online padlet, or to sign up to Kooth visit Kooth.com
Parents and Carers can access useful advice and guidance here.